Instructions for Lighted Bottles

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Instructions for Lighted Bottles
When the wine is gone, turn the bottle into a festive decoration. (wine bottle image by Albo from

Lights sparkling through glass create a soft, festive twinkle. Lighted champagne bottles are appropriate for a wedding, an anniversary celebration or a New Year's Eve party. Lighted wine bottles are a good choice for a dinner party or a wine tasting. You can also light milk bottles for a summer picnic or soft drink bottles for a teen party. Decorate the bottles with ribbon and floral picks to suit the occasion.

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Things you need

  • Glass bottle
  • Drill
  • Glass drill bit, 3/8-inch
  • String of 10 small fairy lights
  • 1 yard wired ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Decorated floral pick

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  1. 1

    Drill a hole in the back of the bottle near the bottom, using the glass drill bit.

  2. 2

    Turn the bottle upside down, and insert the lights into the bottle through the hole. Holding the bottle upside down will allow gravity to assist you. The strand of lights will fill about two-thirds of a wine bottle.

  3. 3

    Cut a 10-inch piece from the yard of ribbon, cutting the ends at an angle. Tie the ribbon around the neck of the bottle with a single knot. The two lengths of ribbon hanging from the knot should be equal.

  4. 4

    Cut off the end of the decorated floral pick, leaving a 2-inch stem. The remaining ribbon will be slightly more than 25 inches in length. Fold this ribbon every 5 inches, accordion style, making a 5-inch-long bundle.

  5. 5

    Tie the floral pick and the bundle of ribbon to the bottle with the ribbon that was knotted around the neck. Wrap the ribbon tightly around the centre of the bundle and secure it with a double knot. Spread the loops of the bundled ribbon to make a bow.

Tips and warnings

  • Use LED lights. They do not get hot.
  • Avoid using regular Christmas tree lights because they will get very hot inside the bottle.

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